I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published: 10th September 2012 (Emma L Clapperton)
Synopsis: In an alley way of the back streets of Glasgow there lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death… and he soon finds out that it is not to be the last.
Meanwhile, the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty something men in the bustling city of Glasgow where several bizarre murders have taken place.
Through a hunch and in the belief that the terrifying dreams hold the key to the identity of the murderer, Patrick works alongside the police to track down the predator before they can strike again.
The nightmares do not ease up and begin to tear at Patricks sanity and in the midst of the investigation, at what cost would Patrick have to pay to stop the killer striking again?
Beyond Evidence is a wonderful crime/thriller story with a paranormal twist. The main characters, Patrick and his Fiancée Jodie, have a shared ability to communicate with the deceased however this manifests itself through them in different ways. Whilst Jodie can hear their memories, Patrick visualises their memories, which are generally unhappy ones.
The novel is set in Glasgow and opens with the murder of a pretty young woman enjoying an evening out with her friend. As the reader, we quickly find out that Ross Taylor is the murderer and his motive for doing so – “hell bent on revenge for his mother, Maria Taylor”. Ross is the son of an abusive father, Billy, who would get drunk, pick up women to take home, once they had gone, he then beat up Ross’ mother, Maria. Ross finds a box of secrets which upsets his unstable mind further. I enjoyed the combination of perspectives as the chapters passed; life as someone who can communicate with the dead, the unreliable narrative of the murderer and the voice of the women who were the victims of Taylor’s crimes.
The 3 women who are murdered contact Patrick for his help. He then contacts DC Preston and DC Lang who are the investigating officers, and faces ridicule in order to help find their killer using his psychic abilities.
I found Beyond Evidence well-written, giving the reader the insight that neither the police, Patrick or Jodie had without spoiling it and making it predictable.
I am not normally a huge paranormal book fan however I really enjoyed this, I found it similar in idea to the American series, ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ which I loved – I enjoyed the investigation and the interesting side that Patrick brought to it. I would definitely recommend this to fans of crime/thriller novels and will be reading more by this author.
Beyond Evidence is followed up by Henderson Manor.